The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has sanctioned a substantial amount of Rs 18,404 crore for its transport and infrastructure projects in its budget for FY23.
MMRDA is the nodal agency that undertakes works on Metro corridors and road expansion projects, besides developing crucial infrastructure in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) that includes districts of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad.
The budget was approved in the 152nd authority meeting chaired by Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde. The budget mainly emphasized on implementation of public transport and vital infrastructural projects for which Rs 2,111.30 crore have been earmarked.
Amongst projects which will see work begin are the construction of a bridge from Nariman Point to Colaba/ Cuffe Parade, Metro Line 10 (Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk), Metro Line 11 (Wadala-Thane), Line 12 (Kalyan-Taloja), Extension of Eastern Free Way to Thane, Thane Coastal Road, Elevated Road from Anand Nagar to Kharegaon in Thane City, Kalyan Ring Road, Kopri-Patni Road, bridge on Gorai Creek, Thane-Borivali Tunnel Link Road, etc.
The nodal agency expects to complete the tender process for these Metro corridors in six months. Metro Line 11 will have integration with Metro Line 4 (Thane-Ghatkopar-Wadala).
The detailed project report (DPR) for extension of Eastern Freeway till Thane is being prepared. MMRDA estimates that it will be able to finalise the DPRs and bids by August 2022.
The DPR for the construction of sea-bridge between Cuffe Parade and Nariman Point has been prepared and soon MMRDA will issue tenders for which Rs 260 crore has been sanctioned in this budget.
MMRDA has also decided to spend Rs 210 crore in 2023 on the six km long road project that will link Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road to Mumbai-Pune Expressway from Chirle.
Allocations have also been made for concretisation of the Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway. It expects the work to begin by May 2022.
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